Record snowfall leads to traffic gridlock in Texoma

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

SHERMAN, TX -- Many Texomans were out braving the treacherous weather as traffic came to a standstill in most of the area. The snowy conditions made driving worse Thursday afternoon.

Traffic was moving very slowly on Highway 75 in Sherman Thursday afternoon. As businesses and schools closed early for the day, the cars hit the road, causing quite the gridlock.

At Highway 56 and U.S. 75 in Sherman, some cars moving at less than five miles an hour were getting stuck. Some of the folks we spoke to said a few miles took hours to traverse.

The gas stations were packed as the snow kept falling. The visibility became very limited throughout the afternoon, sometimes down to one-eighth of a mile in true white-out type situations.

"It’s not that the roads are that slick, but there's just so much traffic. I don't know where the cars are coming from," Grayson County driver Nancy Labrue said.

The police were also out helping cars stuck. The snow was so wet it's turning to slush on the roads, and is inches thick on the ground.

With all those people out on the roads, the chance of accidents increases, and that’s exactly what’s been happening all across the area.

The snow started falling around noon Thursday in Grayson County and did not let up until well into the night, causing slick roads, fender benders and make-shift parking lots on major roadways.

Everywhere from Texoma Parkway to Highway 75, cars piled up on the access road of spur 503. Cars have been slipping and sliding on the slick surfaces.

So far, there have been no reports of any major injuries as a result of these accidents, but they did cause other cars behind them to take alternate routes, which created more issues.

First News reporter Daniel Gotera and a photographer were at Spur 503 actually pushing cars that were stuck along the sides of the access roads and were then helped by some very generous drivers. That’s one of the things to take note in this entire mess-- people helping people, anything to help everyone get home safely.

"Slushy cold, everybody sliding around, and you just have to be cautious and everybody is driving crazy like there’s nothing out there. You have to be careful," Sherman resident Johnnie Gardner says.

One thing officials are saying is to avoid the access roads. They know everyone wants to try and avoid the slowest traffic areas, but the snow on many of the access roads does not have trenches cut in it, so the best thing they say is to be calm and move slowly along the roads.

Things to the north are looking better than what's being experienced in Texas. Ardmore has gotten snow but it would appear for now to have slacked off quite a bit.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Justin Pope says, "If you don’t need to be out, there’s no reason to be out."

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  • by JC Location: Denison on Mar 11, 2008 at 06:17 PM
    Ironically, your kids would have been safer WAITING at school instead of being released early along with everyone else who hit the roads at the same time. And really, what goes through peoples minds when they rush off to the store for supplies? Snow and Ice around here never last long enough to need all that stuff. THINK
  • by Heather Location: Sherman on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    While I agree Sherman is slow making decisions, I want to commend the SISD tranportation department for the way they handled the mess on Thursday! Both of my kids ride the bus regularly, and that day I figured they were safer on the bus than in a private car with me. I depend on them , and they delivered my kids safe and sound, if not a little late. A big thank you to the bus barn, especially Belinda. They did an outstanding job. I was listening to the scanner the whole time, and she handeled a huge responsibility wonderfully!
  • by Pat Location: Sherman on Mar 10, 2008 at 10:24 AM
    The district has to make sure all of the children have been fed. They have to make sure the parents are home to receive their children. There are several things that have to be taken into consideration. Believe me the children are the number one priority. You can't jump the gun, and put the cart before the horse. Thank God that under the circumstances that all of the children, the SISD staff, the bus drivers made it home safely. They went home after making sure your children were home safely. I'm sure none of you could care less that's complaining and belly aching.
  • by Sandra Location: Sherman on Mar 10, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    To Anomyous:People work in different towns and kids go to different schools and they all have to get home.I don't know how busy WalMart was,but I know there were many people trying to get home.That's where all the people came from.Schools and companies letting people off early and the roads were just covered up at he same time.
  • by Stupid Anonymous Woman on Mar 8, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    To Jill... I worked as a grocery store cashier for 2 years so I have first-hand experience knowing how many people rush to the store to stock up on goods when the weather is starting to get bad.
  • by CB Location: Pottsboro on Mar 8, 2008 at 12:53 AM
    Anyone know anything about the accident on 1417 about 1-2pm on Thursday right after the storm started in front of Terex (Reedrill)involving the 18 wheeler and car? We were backed up in traffic on 1417 and could see these vehicles from a distance.
  • by Me Location: Denison on Mar 7, 2008 at 10:43 AM
    The snow did not come in earlieer than expected. Wheather or not it did or didn't looking out the window at snow coming down so fast they still shouldn't have waited 2 1/2 hours.
  • by Mad Parent Location: Sherman on Mar 7, 2008 at 09:08 AM
    I agree with proud parent on the Crutchfield staff. They did a fantastic job. I am definitely not mad at them.
  • by Opinion8ed Location: on Texoma on Mar 7, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    I am not at all surprized that it took the county so long to close the county offices. Judge Bynum is not at all worried about the safety of the people that serve this community (mostly for low wages). I guess that eventually a county employee is going to die trying to get to or from work. Let's hope he has a challenger the next election!
  • by Jill Location: Durant on Mar 7, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    To the woman who commented that everyone was going to Walmart.....How stupid are you? The majority of people were leaving work and going HOME! It seemed that everyone left at the same time and that made the traffic worse.
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